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Clouds of despair: The poor and the permanent 'drought'
The next fortnight is crucial for the country's agriculture sector, for if the 11th `normal' monsoon still plays truant, farmers will soon be in deeper trouble. But more than they, it's the rural society at large which will face tremendous hardships, already pounded by hostile policies. Yet, in all the discussion on the issue, not a word is being said about the next likely policy move — the privatisation of water use. We don't seem to have learnt any lessons even after 10 good monsoons, sa ys noted journalist P. SAINATH in the first of a two-part article.


EDUCATION
Of laziness and tenancy
Does a school science class result in social change? According to the Madhya Pradesh Government's report on the Hoshangabad Science Training Programme, it should. MEENA MENON reports.

Focus
DEBATE
End of an era
The recently discovered adverse effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have doctors the world over in a panic. DR. UMA KRISHNASWAMY discusses the implications of the decline of this therapy and questions its success in the first place.
'No need to panic'
R. KRITHIKA speaks to some doctors about the current debate over hormone replacement therapy. The bottom line remains that women should consult their doctor and weigh pros and cons before deciding on treatment.

Columns
FIRST STRIKE
By Anil Dharker
President with promise
RIPPLE EFFECTS
By Ranjit Hoskote
Out, into the unknown

CAMBRIDGE LETTER
By Bill Kirkman
The peals of change
MEDIA PULSE
By Sevanti Ninan
Pretty savage

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
'Bending' the rules
SLICE OF LIFE
By V. Gangadhar
Down with the visa system

FITNESS MATTERS
The next step

Sightings
People
FACE TO FACE
Emoting at Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Festival this year will see a fair show of Indian art and culture. GOWRI RAMNARAYAN profiles a participant and theatre artiste Pritham Chakravarthy, who will deliver a solo narrative.

Lifestyle
ART
Interpreting the 'Navarasas'
Though the concept of rasa has influenced art form in India, how can it be applied to the contemporary art scene? Major Indian artists rework this ancient principle at a forthcoming exhibition of visual art in New Delhi. ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT writes.
CINEMA
Colourful fiasco
Sanjay Bhansali's `Devdas' is a giant back flip for cinema, says UMA MAHADEVAN-DASGUPTA. While he showed promise with his first film `Khamoshi', Bhansali has disappointed viewers with this offering.
TIMEOUT
The French connection
With its mixture of the ancient, medieval and modern, Paris offers the tourist a variety to see, says RAJESH RAGHAVAN.

Health
HEALTHWATCH
A closer look
Patients who suffer from systemic diseases like tuberculosis or AIDS, can also have problems with other organs. Dr. JYOTIRMAY BISWAS looks at how inflammation of the eye can be an indication or the result of other problems.

Books
LITERATURE
An insider-outsider
The reissue of this volume may neither rekindle interest in Forster nor add significantly to the volumes of criticism his name has inspired. But it provides a different perspective, says NILANJANA S. ROY.
Astrology
SUN SIGNS
By Laurie Baum
The week ahead


Aries

Taurus

Gemini

Cancer

Leo

Virgo

Libra

Scorpio

Sagittarius

Capricorn

Aquarius

Pisces


MOON SIGNS
By Khousikan
How is Puthra Dosha found from a horoscope? Are there remedies?


Mesha

Rishabha

Mithuna

Kataka

Simha

Kanya

Thula

Vrischika

Dhanus

Makara

Kumbha

Meena




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